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Musee de la Grande Guerre, Meaux

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An impressive collection of 50,000 objects at Musee de la Grande Guerre tells the story of the World War I, as well as its impact on society as a whole. Everyday objects, like first aid kits and stoves from the private collection of World War I expert Jean-Pierre Verne tell the story of past hardship. Innovative technology allows you to immerse all of your senses into the first World War with visual frescoes, hands-on objects, olfactory presentations, and ambient sounds. Whether you're most interested in tactics and strategy, daily life in the trenches, women's role in the war, or some other facet, you'll likely find a theme-based exhibit to explore. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Musee de la Grande Guerre by using our Meaux holiday planner.
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  • This is a very modern museum with interesting exhibits. Audio guides are offered for the tour. Plan on at least an hour for the visit.  more »
  • Sanitised and complacent view of this bloody war. Almost complete absence of mention of contemporary critics - the socialists, pacifists, strikers, mutineers, revolutionaries, poets, writers who oppos...  more »
  • The museum is situated on the site of the First Battle of the Marne and is a modern building commemorating the events of the First World War, particularly in the Isle de France area. The museum is ful...  more »
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  • Superbly done!! An impressive collection of historic artifacts surrounding the Great War. It was very apparent that a lot of thought went into how to present the story of the war along side of the artifacts that reside in this great collection. They have a superb display of mechanized vehicles such as trucks and air planes as well a Renault FT, many of which are only seen in old black and white war films of the times. There is even a Parisian taxi that shuttled troops to the front in September, 1914. Another impressive part of the collection was the uniforms from many of the different military's that participated in the war from around the world. Not to spoil it to the reader, this is a well put together collection and definitely worth the visit. While there, take some time to visit the old town center of Meaux with its medieval rampart walls that surround the Cathedral there.
  • Excellent museum, very quiet, allow a few hours to look around
  • Really enjoyable, but it is missing a little something
  • Superb introduction to World War 1. Starting in 1870, this museum does a wonderful job of introducing people to the background and effects of the war; both at home and at the fronts.
  • Visited the end of May 2015. Wonderful museum with a fabulous collection of items. Particularly enjoyed the items relating to everyday life in the trenches. The layout in the open space was well thought out and moved visitors easily through the exhibits. Glad I made the trip to Meaux!